I have said many times that prospective employees should be hired based on their skills, experience, and moral character, and not based on the number of THC metabolites in their system. Basing a hiring decision on whether or not someone has used marijuana in the last several weeks/months makes zero sense.
To be clear, I am not saying that people should be allowed to come to work under the influence, of marijuana or any other mind-altering substance. But what people do in the privacy of their own home away from work should be their own business as long as it doesn’t affect work performance. Cannabis should be treated like alcohol by employers.
One very large employer that appears to ‘get it’ is AutoNation Inc, which is the largest car dealer chain in America. Per Bloomberg:
AutoNation Inc. no longer refuses to hire job applicants who test positive for marijuana in drug screenings, Chief Executive Officer Mike Jackson said in an interview. The shift, which Jackson said was made quietly two years ago, shows that corporate America’s hiring practices are evolving along with pot’s legal status.
“If you tested positive for marijuana, you couldn’t join our company,” said Jackson, 68. “At a certain point, we said, ‘You know what? That’s wrong.’”
The company employs over 26,000 people. I am truly hopeful that this sensible move by AutoNation Inc. will be mimicked by other large companies. The fact that the change in policy occurred two years ago and people are just now hearing about it should be a good indicator that the move can be made without it being a huge deal.
Obviously there were no problems associated with the change in drug testing policy, otherwise, we would have heard about it and/or the company would have changed their policy back to how it used to be. However, since their policy did not cause any issues and they are now coming out publicly about it, the new policy has clearly worked. Other employers need to follow suit!